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Will the Lakers trade Dwight Howard? They say no. But Ken Berger says preliminary disscussions have begun for a huge deal involving Howard and Celtics star Rajon Rondo.
I wouldn't mind it, but I don't think it's going to happen. At all. I find it hard to believe there's even been discussions for it.
"A good burn is like good sex. It's simple, to the point, and leaves your victim totally destroyed."--Kenny Drebsen
I saw that. I don't think it's a legitimate rumor or that it'd actually happen, but I can see why both sides would be interested. Boston is already very good defensively, so if you added Howard to the mix, that'd be a pretty imposing defense. And Rondo would help extend Kobe's career by getting him easy shots. I'd rather keep Rondo, but wouldn't be too upset to see this happen. Again, though, I don't think it's legit.
Yeah NBA rumors are fun but often never pan out. Why trade Rondo though? Just because he is hurt? If Boston got Howard and he actually played like Howard, could they come out of the East this year? Makes sense for LA not so sure about Boston. But they have been playing pretty good without Rondo lately so who knows.
I wouldn't mind Howard being gone. I was pumped when they got him, and that wore off quickly. He wants to be the main man, but doesn't want to deal with anything that comes along with that. He just annoys me now.
You also liked the Nash pick up IIRC. The fact that they are actually talking about this throws Nash under the bus a little bit.
Even though Rondo is hurt, I think the Celtics would only trade him for a handful of players across the league, and most of those guys aren't available. But this would obviously increase Boston's chances of winning it all this year - defensively, no one would have a frontcourt like KG and Howard. If Howard were to buy in, the Celtics would be extremely tough to score on. If LA did this trade, it would basically be giving up on the rest of this season in terms of possibly winning a title.
I've never really liked his on-court personality, but Doc Rivers, KG and Pierce have been able to get through to guys like that in the past. If the Celtics think they can get him to buy in, and also that he'll definitely re-up with Boston at the end of the year, then this could be a great deal. Again, though, I don't think it's legit.
I still like the Nash pickup. At least he acts like he cares out there. Howard just laughs after he airballs free throws, and doesn't want to move to get the damn ball.
That's the thing that would irritate me, and it wouldn't fly with the Celtics. KG, Pierce and Rondo are all unbelievably competitive, so they'd lose it if Dwight wasn't on the same page as them.
It could be a smokescreen for whoever LA is actually trying to trade Howard with. But I don't think it's that crazy Todd. The East is open, you just have to beat The Heat. Going big is what you have to do to beat them IMO. Howard and a older KG would be in interesting matchup for Miami.
No, it totally does make sense from a pure basketball standpoint. The reasons I don't think it's legit is that the guy starting the rumor doesn't have a great track record, I don't see Howard agreeing now to re-up with Boston at the end of the season (especially with Rondo gone), and I'm not sure the chemistry would be good between KG, Pierce and Howard. But from a pure talent standpoint, I'd be totally fine with the move.
And even without Howard, Boston actually matches up pretty well with Miami. Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee are both outstanding defenders that can give Wade fits, and Jeff Green can eat up some big minutes and guard LeBron. Boston took Miami seven games last year, and none of those three guys were playing. No one can stop LeBron cold, but Pierce and Green together can make it tough on him. And the combination of Bradley and Lee should be pretty effective on Wade.
I don't think any of them are as competitive as Kobe. However, having 3 guys known for being competitive is better than just 1. It just makes me mad because it seems like people "baby" Howard just so he'll resign.
He just says they are in preliminary talks. I don't think there is anything crazy about that. Would be pretty crazy if it actually happened. I don't really think it will either. When was the last time a player on the injured list got traded anyways? I can't think of anyone.
The way Howard carries himself must infuriate Kobe. I wonder if behind the scenes he hasn't let it be known to those in power that he doesn't want Howard to return.
It happens pretty frequently when they're just role players that are part of a package being traded away, but I can't remember the last time the main piece of a trade was out for the season.
How would LA sell this deal to the fans? Wouldn't that pretty much be a white flag for the rest of the season?
I think the LA fans know that by now.
I'm interested to hear what McLovin has to say about that, but I would assume they've got the mindset that there's still time to land a spot in the playoffs, and that if the Lakers can click by the end of the season, they can be a tough out in the playoffs.
Yup, it'd absolutely be surrendering this season. However, it sounds like the other team in Los Angeles is the one talking to Boston. Clippers are going after Garnett pretty hard right now.
I'm not a big Chris Broussard fan, but he says that Del Negro wants to make that deal for KG, but the front office doesn't. If that's the case, it probably wouldn't happen.
It's going to be hard to move KG too because of his no trade clause.
Very true. The thinking is that LA might be the only city he'd consider since he has a home there. Because of that, a deal with the Clippers is probably the most realistic.
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